Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
By William Kincaid
Celina Main Street water line replacement begins
First step in reconstruction project underway; street will remain open during work
  Tumbusch Construction of St. Henry has begun replacing water lines along Celina's Main Street - the first step of the Main Street reconstruction project.
The contractor, which submitted the low bid of $515,035, is replacing the line from the city's water plant along U.S. 127 to Wayne Street. Work should be done around April 1.  
"Traffic will be able to get through the north and south," Celina Planning and Community Development Director Kent Bryan said, adding no city blocks should be closed during the project.
A new 12-inch line will be installed on the west side of Main Street, with the current 10-inch line on the east side eventually being unused. The larger line will allow for increased water pressure and volume and better water flow, Bryan said.
The new line will include several 1-inch service lines to be connected to buildings, making it unnecessary for the city to actually enter the properties, he said.
Granular stone will be placed over the line to allow for continued downtown parking until the street reconstruction project. Bryan said the city will try to avoid obstructing retail parking during the busy Christmas season.
In June, the Ohio Department of Transportation plans to bid out the remaining portion of the Main Street reconstruction project, which includes rebuilding the street and installing new curbs and sidewalks from Lake Shore Drive to Fulton Street, as well as installing decorative street lighting and new traffic lights.
According to Bryan, ODOT will complete the project in two phases. Three blocks are scheduled to be worked on in late summer and fall of 2010 with the remaining three blocks to be worked on in the spring of 2011.
The project is estimated at $3.54 million, up from its original estimate of $3.13 million.
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